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Cheshire and Friends

About the Group

The group meets at Lach Dennis Village Hall, Near Northwich, CW9 7SY (map)

Jackie Williams
01606 606195

2019 Programme

All meetings start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated

February 4th, 2019
'Plant's I wouldn't be without'
Raz Chisu
March 4th, 2019
'Hardy Geraniums, the good, the bad and the ugly'
Sue Clarke
April 1st, 2019
'A growing addiction: bulbs from winter rainfall areas of South Africa'
Paul Cumbleton
May 13th, 2019 (Not the first Monday)
'Euphorbias and other vibrant perennials'
Don Witton
June 4th, 2019 09:00 start 
Coach trip to Preen Manor and Windy Ridge
July 8th, 2019
Summer Social
August 8th, 2019 14:00 arrival
Self drive trip to Briarfield Gardens, near Neston
September 2nd,2019 
'Something for everyone'
Jim Almond
October 7th, 2019 
'Plants with a story'
Samantha Hopes
November 4th, 2019
'The making of RHS garden Bridgewater - plans and progress'
Marcus Clifton-Jones
December 2nd, 2019
'The winter garden'
Val Bourne

2018 Programme

5th February, 2018    
'History of Ness Gardens'
Nick Lightfoot

Garden & Collections Manager at Ness Botanic Gardens.
5th March, 2018    
'Garden Dreams'
Chris Mortimer

Chris from Mill Barn, Samlesbury, is a  long term active member of the HPS is to give an enjoyable illustrated talk about the development of his magnificent garden. 
9th April, 2018
Sally Gregson

Sally specializes in rare hydrangeas and the new epimediums from China.  This talk gives a purely practical explanation and demonstration of how to make more from your garden, including some ‘tricks of the trade’.
14th May, 2018    
'Barking up the Wrong Tree'
Diane Nicol-Brown

Lecturer at Houghall Horticultural College on plant science , garden design and conservation for 8 years.  Many people don't plant trees because they think they don't have the room. This talk suggests suitable ones for different areas and the 'wrong' ones to avoid.Many people don't plant trees because they think they don't have the room. This talk suggests suitable ones for different areas and the 'wrong' ones to avoid
3rd September, 2018
'Iddon Treasures'
Jackie Iddon

Jacqueline loves to grow and the design and development of her garden.  Illustrated talk on the wide variety of plants I love to grow and the design and development of my garden. Followed by gardener’s question time and a brief description of the plants I have for sale.
1st October, 2018    
'The Gardens at Levens'
Chris Crowder

Chris Crowder has been Head Gardener at Levens Hall in the English Lake District for the last twenty five years. Chris always gives an excellent and entertaining slide presentation about these historic gardens which have undergone quite a few changes in the past few years.
5th November, 2018    
'Gardens in the age of Chivalry'
Michael Brown

Michael has an MA in Garden History and is an ex Head Gardener and College Lecturer in
horticulture, with a passionate interest in garden history and how the gardens were created andmaintained.  He will lead you through a medieval garden, explaining the garden features, uses of the garden and some of the plants.    
3rd December, 2018    
Quiz Night and Social Evening

2017 Programme

6th February, 2017
A.E. Pratt & on Stachyurus
Kevin Pratt
6th March, 2017   
Garden Antiques
David Holmes
3rd April, 2017
Gresgarth Hall Gardens
Steve Haliwell
15th May, 2017
Seasonal Container Gardening
Andrew Babicz
Wednesday 28th June, 2017 – 9.00 departure
Coach trip to Meadow Farm Nursery & Garden and Morton Hall Gardens. Redditch
Monday 3rd July, 2017  6.30pm onwards
Summer Garden Social Evening as guests of David and Linda Race. Hough, near Crewe.
Thursday 3rd August, 2017
Self drive private garden visit to Laskey Farm, Thelwall, Warrington. WA4 2TF.
Meet at Laskey  Farm 2.00pm. Price £5.00
4th September, 2017
Plant of the Season
Paul Green
2nd October, 2017 – 7.30pm    
AGM followed by
Gardening made Easier
Howard Drury
6th November, 2017    
From Nurseryman to Gardener, the Joyful Transition
Peter Foley
4th December, 2017   
Gardening on Walls & Fences
Janet Merillon

2016 Programme

1st February, 2016 
“Winter Gardening & Sissinghurst”
Troy Scott Smith
NT Sissinghurst Castle

7th March, 2016 
Robert Barlow
North Staffs Hostas

4th April, 2016 
“Things that turn me on, Confessions of a Plant Freak”
Nick Macer
Panglobal Plants

Thurs 21st April, 2016 Departure 8.15am
Coach Trip
Harrogate Spring Flower Show

16th May, 2016 
Richard Hodson
Hawthornes Nursery

Wed 1st June, 2016 Departure 8.15am
Coach Trip
Whimble Garden and Nursery & Bryan's Ground

Mon 4th July, 2016 
Summer Social
at the home of Romy Holmes, Tarporley

Wed 10th August, 2016 – Tour at 2.00pm
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Runcorn
Own Transport visit. Guided tour by Head Gardener.

5th September, 2016 
“Super Heroes”
Doug Stewart

3rd October, 2016 7.30pm
“AGM and Curious & Curiouser”
Heather Russell
The Cottage Garden, Bolam

7th November, 2016 
“A Hobby that got out of Hand”
Stella Rankin
Kevock Garden Plants

5th December, 2016 
Christmas Social
details to follow


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